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San Diego Central Public Library

San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, opened its doors to a new building, a 497,654 square feet on September 28, 2013. The New facility has over 400 computer devices, 22 study rooms, a charter high school, 3D printer (maker lab), auditorium, teen center, homework center, Veteran’s Resource Center, art gallery, rare book room, children’s library, café and much more.

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is the heart of the City of San Diego Public Library system, and a major cultural and recreational facility that provides a wide variety of services to San Diego residents and the 35-branch library system.

The San Diego Public Library collection consists of
• More than 5.3 million books, including e-books, and audio-visual materials
• 3,138 periodical subscriptions
• 1.6 million government documents; and
• More than 265,295 books in 25 languages other than English

Upcoming event at San Diego Central Public Library

Banned Books Live! 2019

  • Today, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Join us during Banned Books Week 2019 for a risqué evening of forbidden knowledge in books censored in the U.S. in 2018. Stage actors from Write Out Loud stage actors will perform live readings from selected books marked with the scarlet letter of censorship. Join us for an entertaining evening of bacchanal revelry in the written word. Excerpts from the work of recently deceased Toni Morrison three of whose books ... Read more

All upcoming events at San Diego Central Public Library

Photography Exhibit 'Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego'Starts September 28, 2019

Banned Books Live! 2019Today

Opening Reception: 'Julius Shulman: Modern San Diego'September 28, 2019

Swing Dance Under The DomeSeptember 30, 2019

Author Of The Month: Kevin McleanOctober 5, 2019

Picture This: Film Screening Of 'San Diego Gay Bar History' Followed By A Filmmaker Q&AOctober 14, 2019

HIV Testing ClinicsOctober 16, 2019

'Tongue's Untied' 30th Anniversary ScreeningOctober 18, 2019

'Compensation' 20th Anniversary Film ScreeningOctober 25, 2019

One Book For Teens: Book Discussion: 'The Crossover' By Kwame AlexanderNovember 5, 2019

One Book For Kids Book Fiesta: 'Dreamers' By Yuyi MoralesNovember 10, 2019

'Living With Pride: Ruth Ellis @ 100' | 20th Anniversary ScreeningNovember 14, 2019

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
Monday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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